Dear Cultural Advocates,
Tomorrow (Tuesday, December 5th) is anticipated to be an historic day for King County. The King County Council will be voting on the passage of Doors Open, the cultural access program that will serve 2.25 million people by providing transformative access to science, heritage, and arts programs.
At 1:30pm on December 5th, the King County Council will conduct a review of the amended legislation with discussion. They will then have the option to vote for final passage. If our momentum holds, Doors Open will be authorized with a unanimous vote. That would broadcast a mandate, an unambiguous championing of science, heritage, and arts programs throughout King County. Please consider joining us in Council Chambers and wear blue in support of Doors Open! You don't want to miss this historic event!
Not able to join us in-person? Watch the livestream by clicking here.
About attending the King County Council meeting in person
Date and Time: Tuesday, December 5th at 1:30pm.
- Please note that the agenda is packed, and Doors Open is 12th on the list of 18 agenda items.
- If you arrive early, your chances of getting a seat in the main room are higher. There is also an overflow room where attendees can watch the meeting on a monitor. This is still a very exciting way to watch the victory and is a great option if you have to arrive late. However, if you can arrive early, we highly recommend it so that you can sit in the main room and celebrate with us face to face!
- Please wear blue to show your support for Doors Open!
Location: King County Council Chambers, 10th Floor (516 3rd Ave, Room 1001, Seattle)
- Please note that going through security at Council Chambers can take a while. Give yourself an extra 5-10 minutes for security just in case.
A note about this meeting:
- Also on the meeting's agenda is an amendment to the Veterans and Human Services levy that would cut funding for field workers. This has inspired last-minute advocacy from folks in social services and we anticipate many of them to be there in person testifying as well. We wholeheartedly support their cause. Their testimonies will have a drastically different tone from the positive and grateful testimonies for Doors Open. Please be mindful and sensitive to this during the meeting.
If all goes well, raise a glass with us on Tuesday, December 5th at 7pm at the Paramount Theatre lobby in downtown Seattle to honor the occasion. We realize this is last minute and on a weekday during the busy holiday season, so (fingers crossed!) we will plan a celebration in January to bring together everyone in the county to revel in the validation that our work is important and worthy of this transformative support! Again, assuming all goes as planned, we will share more details in the coming weeks regarding the county-wide celebration in January.
We imagine you may have lots of questions and we want to bring you up to speed. Join us for a briefing of the Doors Open program and an opportunity to ask anything of the Inspire WA team. To ensure good communications, our next Open Office Hour, will be on Tuesday, December 12th at 12:30-1:30 pm. Click here to register! And feel free to share this invitation with members of your team and community that need more information.
Our campaign's success is the culmination of nearly two decades of hard work and advocacy from a broad and diverse coalition of amazing partners. Thank you for being part of this incredible effort.
The Inspire WA Team
Manny Cawaling, Executive Director
Jessi Wasson, Programs and Operations Manager
Madeline Dalton, Advocacy Coordinator
Anna Tatelman, Annual Fund Manager
PS - It's not too late to advocate! If you haven’t yet, please send an email to your Councilmember urging Final Passage of Doors Open by clicking here. And, forward this Action Alert email to your networks of cultural supporters and encourage them to send an emails too.